Oreo Milkshake

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Crushed Oreos for the milkshake.
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What the milkshake should look like.
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Enjoy 🙂

With all my recent free time, I’ve decided to step up my blogging game and dabble in food styling/photography.

I don’t have an oven so that limits the number of recipes I can make but I try my best to find recipes with everyday staples.

This time I made an oreo milkshake

Ingredients: (Serves 2)

1 Pack of oreos

Chocolate Syrup

2 Cups Vanilla Ice cream

1 Cup Milk

Apparatus:

A mixer

First what you’re going to do is ope your pack of oreos and keep about 5 oreos aside for the toppings. Then you’ll take the rest of the oreos and crush them into smaller pieces. You can just put them into your mixer, but my mixer would get stuck if I tried to grind the large pieces so I just smashed mine with a knife on a cutting board. Plus it makes you feel a little fancy by working on your knife skills 😉

Now comes the easy part, the mixing. Just add the oreos, milk and ice cream into your mixer.  Mix until you get a nice consistency, you can always add more scoops of ice cream if you want your milkshake to be thicker!

The presentation can be a little tricky and messy. I used the chocolate syrup to coat the bottom of my glasses to give a nice look. Then just pour in your milkshake!

For the toppings you can do two things:

     – Do what I did, take the rest of the oreos and crush them into smaller pieces and simply throw them on top of your milkshake.

     – For a more ‘fine-dining’ touch you can grind the oreos into powder and use that as a topping.

Voila! It’s a pretty simple recipe to make, but I’ve never thought of making it. It’d be something I’d soend too much money on when I go out, but it’s super easy to make right at home!

*I prefer thicker milkshakes, so I put my milkshake in the fridge before I ate it, and it basically tasted like an oreo ice cream!

Cheers!

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Cruising through Mylapore, Chennai

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Credits to Shyam Vasudevan

I recently visited Mylapore with a  few friends in an effort to mark one of the many photo walks we wish to embark on. For any photo walk, it’s best to go very early in the morning or late in the evening, especially in Chennai or the heat will get you! The ideal time for a photo walk would be during 6 AM -10 AM or 4 PM – 7PM.

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The Mylapore tank pictured above, taken on a road that joins N Mada St and S Mada St

You can start at Mylapore Tank bustop and head right down RK Mutt Road towards N Mada Street. Usually you’ll find many small shops along that street selling little trinkets but before they open you can see a line of colored doors which happens to be a perfect place to take pictures.

Understanding Mylapore isn’t too difficult as long as you trace your steps. We went in a circle, and made the tank and the temple our center point.

Continue on N Mada St and take the first left onto Chengalneer Pillaiyar Koil St, here again you’ll see many closed shops, but very colorful gates and a little graffiti here or there. This road is where I got the inspiration for my little lock series because of the colorfully varying gates and locks.

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The best thing about Mylapore is the olden, almost run down type of houses that take you back to the days past. These colored houses keep up with the essence of culture that fills the roads of Mylapore.

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Baking Tales : Simple and Healthy Oatmeal Muffins

In Singapore I was lucky enough to have access to an oven at my sister’s house. I took my chance and baked pretty much everything I’ve been dying to bake but couldn’t in Chennai. I started off with something very simple, but delicious. These oatmeal muffins are good to have for breakfast, or for a snack at work/college. You can have even have them with yogurt, nutella, or jam! I got the recipe from All Recipes and it’s incredibly easy, you don’t have to have major baking skills to get that job done! Click here, and bake away! 

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Oatmeal soaking in milk for fifteen minutes

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1 Egg, beaten

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Mixture of dry and wet ingredients 

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Yumm!

Morning lovelies! Tea time :)

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Bridge to the Southernmost Point of Continental Asia

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View of Sentosa from the tramIMG_3471

Sentosa Beach

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The Winding Hills of Kerela

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Of late I’ve been putting up photographs of mine because after finding so many of them I want to share the beauty of where ever I have traveled or the places I have witnessed. After my finals are over which is next week, I will get back to my regular postings, but until then enjoy trendy talers! 🙂

Cheers

xx

 

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Blue Skies

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Fright Night: Halloween 2014

Hope you guys had a spooky and frightful Halloween this year! I got back into the Halloween spirit and decided to dress up this year! The thing is, Halloween isn’t so widely celebrated here in India but there are a few places in the city where people enjoy dressing up for Halloween!

I went to  Spoonbill, where they decked out the entire restaurant with spine-tingling decorations and eerie music playing all throughout the night! Even the entire staff dressed up as ghouls, and witches! My favorite decorations were the beautifully carved Jack-o-lanterns displayed outside, nothing shouts Halloween like a good Jack-o-Lantern! They really got into the Halloween spirit! Keeping up with the Halloween theme, their food for the night was no where close to normal. The offered a dinner set with Halloween themed dishes! It was less than 500 rupees, so it’s totally affordable!

I think it’s time to bring the Halloween spirit to Chennai as well as all of India because it’s a time where you can be totally out of character and be someone entirely else.

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I took this picture on a walk towards Parliament Hill on my trip to London last year, I just found it in my collection of photos and I just really love the way it looks.

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University tales: Exam Time Rituals & Techniques

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For the past week I was swamped with back-to-back exams and I realized how tiring and mentally stressful  exams can be. It doesn’t matter what course you’re doing because there’s always so much to study! I follow a few regimens that help me get through exams. I hope they help you just as much as they help me!

  1. It’s all in your head: There are always those subjects that you detest studying for but you have to push through it anyway. But you can get through it mentally, stop telling yourself that “You don’t want to study” or “I hate this subject.” That’s only going to make you come up with reasons not to study. So, clear your mind and tell yourself that you can do it, you will get through the exam. Think about what you can do after your exam is over and let that be your motivator to study and get through the exam!
  2. Take Timed Breaks: the thing with exams is that we think of everything we have to study and go over that we think we don’t have enough time. So DON’T overthink it. Plan your time efficiently and take breaks accordingly. A tea break, tv break, or a walk in the park can calm nerves and freshen your mind so that you can get more studying done!
  3. Gum: I don’t know if this actually works, but I read somewhere that if you are chewing gum it can help stimulate your brain and help you study (just a little.) So what I do to keep my focus during studying is chew gum, it helps me focus on what I’m doing and not get distracted by other things because I’m already occupied by the gum! It’s hard to explain but you guys should definitely try it out!
  4. Tea & other snacks: If you usually don’t eat a lot of healthy snacks then you should probably start during finals week. Nuts such as cashews are considered brain boosters, because they provide a source of zinc that can help increase circulation of oxygen (high school science knowledge would be great to understand this!) Walnuts, that evidently look like a tiny little brain act as a great source of antioxidants, vitamin E, and omega 3 fats that does wonders for our brains! Tea whether its green tea or chamomile tea is great to help you calm down, and provide for a stress-free study session! (Check out the benefits of different kinds of nuts: http://bit.ly/JXEp72)
  5. Hand-notes: Sometimes, if the content is not too much, it’s more effective to write hand notes. This can help you retain and reproduce the content better later in time! Also flash cards and key notes are super handy to look back on the day of the exam!